To prepare for real missions to the real moon, female scientists aged 22 to 34 boarded an experimental capsule at Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems. For eight days, the six scientists participating in the Moon 2015 mission will live in a simulation of the International Space Station.
"It's the latest in a lengthy series of tests carried out by institute specialists studying the effects on human physiology and emotions during life among the stars," reports Russian News Agency TASS.
"Life-support systems will sustain the crew as a list of journey tasks mounts a search for a missing moon rover and charts the progress of life-science experiments," the report adds. So yeah, this is a pretty serious undertaking with real scientists. Naturally, the press asked these academics asked the important questions.
During the press conference, they were asked, "How will you deal with being without makeup for eight days?" and "How will you cope with not being around men?"
The team kept their cool. "We are very beautiful without makeup," participant Darya Komissarova said. But then Anna Kussmaul laid it down: "We are doing work. When you're doing your work, you don't think about men and women."